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Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.

A fabulously fun off the beaten path visit to Storybook Land, SD

It was one of those picture-perfect October days, late in the afternoon, when we pulled into the parking lot of Storybook Land in Aberdeen, South Dakota. By Tom & Patti Burkett “Storybook Railroad closed for the season,” the sign read at the entrance as if to ward off the oncoming disappointment from a carload of children.   […]Read More

Stunning French Lick, IN – Off the Beaten Path

Exploring French Link, IN By Tom and Patti Burkett We heard from Tom’s sister that the West Baden Spa Hotel in French Lick, Indiana was something to see, so when we were in the area, we detoured to have a look.  The original hotel, the Mile Lick Inn, was built before the Civil War.  The area’s mineral […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Asheville’s Pinball Museum

By Tom and Patty Burkett We recently saw “Rocketman,” the Elton John biopic, and in one of the grand scenes he’s sitting at the the piano on a rotating stage playing Pinball Wizard.  Bells were dinging and that characteristic sound of metal balls bouncing off electric bumpers was everywhere when we stepped into the Pinball Museum in Asheville, […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Homestead National Monument

Driving across Nebraska on highway 4, it’s hard to miss the big building sitting at the top of the hill.  From below, it looks like a plow blade cutting through the prairie soil.  And, of course, that’s exactly what the architect intended.  The visitor center at the Homestead National Monument brings together stories and artifacts from across the continent […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Homestead National Monument

By Tom & Patti Burkett Driving across Nebraska on highway 4, it’s hard to miss the big building sitting at the top of the hill.  From below, it looks like a plow blade cutting through the prairie soil.  And, of course, that’s exactly what the architect intended.  The visitor center at the Homestead National Monument brings together stories and […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path in Saint Louis, MO

By Tom and Patti Burkett For years we’ve had the City Museum of Saint Louis on our list of travel stops, so recently when we went to visit out park ranger daughter in the Ozarks we piled into the vehicle and drove the two hours north.  We were advised to arrive early, because the museum is a popular […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Old Asylum in Michigan

It’s a chilly autumn night with a mist of rain falling on rustling dying leaves as the tour guide opens a creaky metal door that seems out of place in the middle of what appears to be an insignificant patch of grass. Holding our flashlights, we enter with a group of 18 others. The tour […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path in Lindsborg, Kansas

By Tom and Patti Burkett We were looking forward to a stop in Lindsborg, Kansas.  Many of Tom's ancestors are Swedish, and we maintain a number of Swedish traditions, especially around holidays.  There are a number of Scandinavian heritage towns in the Midwest, and this is one of the most enthusiastic.  It was clear from the moment we […]Read More

Small towns off the beaten path enrich us all

By Tom & Patti Burkett Off the beaten path travel is all about small towns. The last generation highways and two-lane roads that wind through every state go right down the main street of every county seat, shipping terminal, and stringtown strip built since we began to travel on four wheels. Transportation, too, has had […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path” The Sound of Music in Vermont

Do you remember that scene when Maria runs across the mountain meadow singing “the hills are alive?”  We never knew the Sound of Music was based on a true story.  When the von Trapps left Austria in 1939, they were assisted by their family priest who helped them organize a singing tour, first in the US, then […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: The Biscuit Museum of Terre Haute

We spent a lot of our early years driving back and forth on Interstate 70–Philadelphia, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver. It’s one of the unsexiest roads in America: ragged pavement, relentless trucks, miles of urban and industrial sprawl. Because the road is so disagreeable, we've blown through the stretch from Columbus to St. Louis more […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path in New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven Connecticut is probably best known as he home of Yale University, and if you go there, you would certainly enjoy a walk around that iconic campus.  But New Haven has some other things to offer that are not quite as obvious.  Connecticut is nicknamed the nutmeg state.  Early ship captains, and some industrious […]Read More

Off the beaten path: Boondocking in National Forests

If you're someone who enjoys boondocking, you're sure to have discovered the treasures to be found in the US National Forests. Some of these tracts are huge, and most of them include at least some variety of campsites. The Wayne National Forest, in our home state of Ohio, is small compared to some of the […]Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Boondocking in U.S. National Forests

If you're someone who enjoys boondocking, you're sure to have discovered the treasures to be found in the US National Forests. Some of these tracts are huge, and most of them include at least some variety of campsites. The Wayne National Forest, in our home state of Ohio, is small compared to some of the […]Read More